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Loch Arkaig(East) Corbetts, On a good day, a fine traverse

Loch Arkaig(East) Corbetts, On a good day, a fine traverse


Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:09 am

Route description: Meall na h-Eilde and Geal Charn, Loch Arkaig

Corbetts included on this walk: Geal Charn (Arkaig), Meall na h-Eilde

Date walked: 13/08/2016

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 16.5 km

Ascent: 1109m

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And so the dismal Scottish Summer continues another 10% chance of clear Munros according to MWIS. If you wish to see the cracking summit views which we were denied I would suggest you read mountain thyme's report 'Glorious day at Loch Arkaig', but here is my report which maybe of some help in regards the underfoot conditions we endured

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Stopped the car and took this photograph of the falls Fas Chia-aig , then passed Achnasaul and parked the car on the West of the bridge over the Allt Dubh burn at the Marine Harvest Salmon Farm entrance
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Walking East back over the road bridge
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Following the newly laid track past the Hydro Electric building passing through a couple of gates (not locked)
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The track soon crosses over this burn no problem even in spate
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Having now left the newly constructed Hydro track and now on the old track shown as a path on my OS map
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Furter on on the very wet path a glimmer of light coming from behind but alas it was not to stay long.
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Heading through the waterlogged ground in the foreground and up the shoulder on the right heading onto the 681m point on the OS map. In our attempt to try and keep out of the bog we headed slightly too far North and had a bit of a problem crossing the burn on the West side of this shoulder
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Finding the only bit of dry stone to have a wee break before the climb up to the 681m point
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The cloud comes in again
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Follow the fenceline
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Summit of Meall na h-Eilde
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Following the fence posts when the cloud lifts for a few seconds
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Summit of Meall Coire nan Saobhaidh
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More fence post to follow the old district boundary line
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Summit of Geal Charn
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Heading down a very boggy slippy SE shoulder where you find an indistinct ATV track heading towards the burn which we crossed very easily high up
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Now back on the wet muddy path and look WHAT'S THIS in the sky?
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I do not believe it says Martin
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Walking on the path further down now rivers
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Myself with Loch Arkaig in the background
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On the roadside on the way back to camp where another hot shower awaits and then straight to the Stronlossit Inn for a burger and chips and a pint of best, wonderful.
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Re: Loch Arkaig(East) Corbetts, On a good day, a fine traver

Postby PeteR » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:15 pm

A real shame about the weather Rod, as these two are great hills when the sun shines. You missed off the Graham Glas Bheinn though......what's that all about :lol:
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Re: Loch Arkaig(East) Corbetts, On a good day, a fine traver

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:27 pm

PeteR wrote:A real shame about the weather Rod, as these two are great hills when the sun shines. You missed off the Graham Glas Bheinn though......what's that all about :lol:


Just too many bad weather days of late, it takes its toll :lol: just thought it would prolong the day too much, just making sure we got the two blue balloons for the Corbetts, the main target just now. As you say a great two hill traverse and although the new track is unsightly it makes for fast walking on a quite cushioned surfaced when wet.
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Re: Loch Arkaig(East) Corbetts, On a good day, a fine traver

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:52 pm

We had been on the Corbetts before the glen was hydro-bulldozed, then returned to do the Graham and saw the difference. :(
Those little hydro dams are popping up everywhere, there are two new ones in Glen Affric (yes, right up the top end of it!), also another one in Glencarron (Graham Beinn na Feusage). I have mixed feelings about them, not sure if they are worth the hassle?

We were in Loch Tay area on Saturday, ticked off a Munro and a Corbett, wind gusts were so strong we struggled to walk! Some summer we have this year...
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Re: Loch Arkaig(East) Corbetts, On a good day, a fine traver

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:31 pm

BlackPanther wrote:We had been on the Corbetts before the glen was hydro-bulldozed, then returned to do the Graham and saw the difference. :(
Those little hydro dams are popping up everywhere, there are two new ones in Glen Affric (yes, right up the top end of it!), also another one in Glencarron (Graham Beinn na Feusage). I have mixed feelings about them, not sure if they are worth the hassle?

We were in Loch Tay area on Saturday, ticked off a Munro and a Corbett, wind gusts were so strong we struggled to walk! Some summer we have this year...

Add another one at the East end of Loch Ossian to that, and no doubt many more. Your right this years becoming as bad as last for Summer weather.
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